Member & Faculty Spotlight
ASDA’s community is made of over 20,000 dental students as well as the faculty and administrators who make your learning experience meaningful. Each month, ASDA will highlight dental students and faculty from ASDA chapters across the United States.
If you would like us to feature you or a student or faculty member at your chapter, please contact Erin Kato, member relations specialist.
Name: Samantha Crawford
Hometown: Neponset, Illinois
Graduation year: 2017
Position held at chapter: Chapter SPEA Representative
Plans after graduation: I am still figuring out whether I want to do a GPR, AEGD, Pediatric residency, or become an associate dentist. However, I do know that if I don’t specialize, I want to be a general dentist with a focus on treating families. I hope to still work with children whether I would become a pediatric dentist or not. Additionally, I hope to be able to give back to the community in any way that I can.
Favorite ASDA benefit: Having the opportunity to organize events, attend conferences, network, and meet colleagues from different dental schools.
Last good book you read: "Silver Shadows" by Richelle Mead
Mac or PC? PC but learning to like a Mac
Most embarrassing song on your iPod: I do not own an iPod. I listen to Pandora mostly.
Personal possession that you can’t live without: My phone, since I use it for everything, such as talking, e-mailing, planning, camera, etc.
Unique hobby or interest: I love being outdoors hiking, skiing, playing softball, etc.
Name: John N. Williams
Position held at dental school: Professor and Dean, Indiana
Dental school you graduated from: Louisville University
Dental speciality: General Practice/Public Health
What made you pursue a career in dentistry? Dentistry provided me the opportunity to combine science, clinical practice and working with the public into one profession.
How does ASDA benefit your students? Involvement in ASDA teaches students about the profession, provides hands-on experience in leadership development and exposes dental students to the future real world challenges and opportunities of the profession at the local, state and national levels.
Words of wisdom for future dentists: Never stop learning; dental practice of the past will not be dental practice for the future
Last good book you read: "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson
Unique hobby or interest: Avid boater in Canada, Ohio River and Florida
Name: Brooke Sabia
Hometown: Tucson, Arizona
Chapter: Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health
Graduation year: 2017
Position held at chapter: Secretary
Plans after graduation: Travel to Italy and Spain, possibly move back to warmer weather (I do love the Midwest but the winters are rough coming from Arizona), adopt a dog, participate in a dental missions trip abroad and lastly, begin my long awaited career as a dentist!
Favorite ASDA benefit: Participating in outreach events like GKAS, networking and meeting new friends. Lunch & learns are also a plus!
Last good book you read: “Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn
Mac or PC? Mac - I like my apple products!
Most embarrassing song on your iPod: "You Are the One That I Want" from the Grease soundtrack
Personal possession that you can’t live without: My toothbrush :)
Unique hobby or interest: I enjoy anything nutrition-related -- baking, cooking, I love it all.
Name: John B. Hanley
Position held at dental school: Dean, University of New England College of Dental Medicine
Dental school you graduated from: Tufts University
Dental speciality: Periodontics
What made you pursue a career in dentistry? My family dentist was a wonderful role model.
How does ASDA benefit your students? As a young college with only two classes, ASDA has been a tremendous resource for our students to interact with their colleagues at other universities.
Words of wisdom for future dentists: Never stop learning.
Last good book you read: "Boys in the Boat" by Daniel James Brown
Unique hobby or interest: Rowing